Waterville Valley’s outdoor club, WVAIA, has three EASY hikes coming up in July, plus a trails day, and the annual July 4th picnic. The theme is water [appropriate with all the rain we’ve been having], as each hike leads to delightful water sites.
WVAIA volunteers lead the hikes. If you’d like to participate, please become a WVAIA member. WVAIA is a non-profit organization and needs your continued support! Just download and print this form and mail with your check in the amount of $25/year for an individual or $50/year for a family.
Guided Hike Schedule
Tuesday, July 4 – East Pond (Led by Dan Newton. East Pond is where Charles Henry, owner of the Livermore Tripoli Company, established a mill in 1911 to dredge diatomaceous earth [also known as tripoli], used as an abrasive for polishing things such as silver. Wander into the woods to see the old site on the way to the pond. Bring your bathing suit if it’s hot, as the swimming there is fabulous.)
Saturday, July 15 – Trails Day (stay tuned for information)
Saturday, July 22 – Bridal Veil Falls (Bridal Veil Falls in Franconia is another easy hike that Brenda Conklin will lead you to. The 35 foot falls are gorgeous, and there is some interesting history: Bette Davis got lost here and found by Arthur Farnsworth, a man who worked at the local Pecketts Inn. A romance ensued, they were married, but unfortunately Arthur was killed two years later. Bette had a plaque placed honoring his savings of “Stray Ladies” where he found her, referring to herself as “a Grateful One.” To see it, once you reach the junction with the Coppermine Trail continue straight toward Coppermine Brook.)
Saturday, July 29 – Norway Rapids (John Recine will lead a hike to one of Waterville Valley’s earliest attractions for hikers: the Norway Rapids on Slide Brook, which at one time was called Norway Brook. A.L. Goodrich tells us in his 1892 guidebook, The Waterville Valley, that it can be reached by either the “Beckytown Path” or the “Swaseytown Path,” or via the “Big Bowlder,” which gives one the flavor of its history. The pool at the crossing is a great swimming hole for those who don’t mind cold water!
All hikes meet at 9 a.m. at the gazebo in the Waterville Valley Town Square.
And don’t forget to come to the WVAIA July 4th Picnic at the golf clubhouse!